New Mayor and Deputy Mayor take up office

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

Cllr Hazel Lynskey was today formally elected as Mayor of the Borough of Scarborough for the 2019 to 2020 mayoral year at our annual Full Council meeting. She took over from Cllr Joe Plant who has been the Mayor since May 2018.

At the same meeting, Cllr Roberta Swiers was elected Deputy Mayor of the Borough of Scarborough.

Today marks the second time Cllr Lynskey has taken up the mayoral office, having previously held the role from 2010 to 2011. In the past she has also been Deputy Mayoress and Mayoress to Honorary Alderman Sheila Kettlewell.

The Mayor has served on Scarborough Borough Council between 2003 and 2011 and from 2015 to the present day. She has been involved with finance and planning, previously acting as chairman of both committees. She is also a Director of Gallows Close Centre in Scarborough.

The Mayor loves live theatre and sport, with football being a firm favourite. She has one son, Michael, who will act as her Consort for the year. He is married to Lorna and they have two children; Ruby aged 10 and Milo 18 months. Michael is an accomplished musician and owns an events company.

Cllr Hazel Lynskey, Mayor of the Borough of Scarborough, said:

“It is a privilege and honour to be Mayor and even more so to be a returning Mayor.  I have chosen the theme of ‘Communication – Reaching Out’ as my theme for the year. I am really looking forward to meeting many people throughout the course of my duties and also creating a closer relationship with the people of the borough.

“Together with my Consort, Michael, I will also be working hard to raise money for the Borough of Scarborough Community Fund to help many groups and organisations throughout the area."

The Deputy Mayor has served on Scarborough Borough Council since 2015, serving on several committees, including planning and licensing. In 2017 she was elected to represent the Hertford and Cayton Division on North Yorkshire County Council. She is also a trustee of the Citizen’s Advice Bureau.

Watching cricket is one of the Deputy Mayor’s favourite pastimes and through her driving school business she has taught more than 7000 people to drive. Her sister-in-law Dr Dianne Swiers will be her Deputy Mayoress.

Cllr Roberta Swiers, Deputy Mayor of the Borough of Scarborough said:

"I am very much looking forward to serving as the Deputy Mayor and I will continue to strive to do the best I can for the area and all members of the community."

Picture of the Mayor and Consort of the Borough of Scarborough for 2019 to 2020, Cllr Hazel Lynskey and Mr Michael Lynskey